Over 85% of workplace failures are caused by poor group communication and collaboration—that’s great news!
This means you can improve the outcome of every project simply by refining your ability to express yourself and discuss ideas with others.
Too often, people think that they are powerless to create change or that it would take starting everything from scratch for it to happen. In reality, each of us can foster change by leading by example.
Read on to learn the most effective techniques for improving communication within your team.
Empower Everyone To Share Their Communication Preferences
In the name of efficiency, businesses often try to standardize how employees communicate with each other.
But this is the wrong approach.
If the goal is efficiency, it makes more sense to be flexible for each person’s preference. From emails and messaging apps to phone calls and video conferencing, everyone is better at responding through different mediums.
How many people do you know that take forever to respond to emails or texts? Maybe they just need you to call or walk over to them in person instead.
If the entire team is clear on the best way to reach out to each other, you will save hours on follow-ups and missed messages.
Prepare For The Future
Technology has created many new avenues for sharing information and 82% of employees agree that they are dependent on it to collaborate.
Now more than ever, the future of business looks to be centered on virtual communication as the most cost-effective way to connect teams and clients.
However, for many, there is a disconnect between how effective they are in person versus on a video call.
It’s easy to blame technology and say it doesn’t match up to real face-to-face interactions. But the reality is that most of us haven’t been trained on the nuances of virtual interactions.
Just like in person, there are many techniques you can learn to exude executive presence and have powerful gravitas.
If you’re interested in sharpening your abilities, Moxie Institute offers a live 3-hour Virtual Communication Skills online class led by one of our master trainers.
Encourage Group Communication Even For Small Updates
It’s impossible to keep track of everything happening and you can never know what information is valuable for others to know.
A good team should feel comfortable sharing issues they are having with everyone. It lets the group know the progress of each project and provides the opportunity for someone to reach out to help.
Equally, it is important to share when things are completed or going well. It’s a huge boost to morale and productivity when everyone knows the project is moving along and according to plan.
Foster A Culture Of Open And Honest Communication
Over a third of HR managers believe that good communication is essential for improving employee morale. This is supported by other data which has shown that better communication was responsible for 50% lower employee turnover.
Think about it. If people are afraid to express their ideas or point out flaws in someone else’s work then both innovation and quality will stagnate.
This also means frustrations and issues that could have been misunderstandings or easily resolved are never aired. When people don’t feel valued or listened to, they leave.
If your company does not have an open culture, you can start making those changes by being more open yourself.
And that is not always an easy thing to do especially if you fear it won’t be well received.
But part of expressing yourself is opening up to the possibility that people won’t like what you have to say or that you find out you were in the wrong—and that’s ok.
True leaders have magnetism because they feel comfortable letting others know exactly what they think while retaining the humility to listen to opposing views. There is nothing more important to the growth and success of a business than trusting the expertise of the people in your team.
You Got This!
Everyone wants to love the place they work and the people they work with.
Feeling supported and heard is a crucial part of that and it has been proven time and time again to be one of the most prominent factors in a successful business.
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